When we pray, we have the awesome and amazing privilege of coming before the Most High God and sharing our hearts and the needs of people in our community with Him. There is no greater privilege! And indeed, prayer changes things.
Every Tuesday on my Steering the Ark Facebook page I offer prayer night, where I specifically invite and pray for your needs. My own faith journey has taken me across many denominations and I have been blessed to be exposed to many different ways of praying. I love the intimate heartfelt prayers of so many churches I have been to and I appreciate the deeply meaningful liturgy of other churches. My favorite prayers are often the ones I have memorized from years of reciting them day after day, and they are the ones I call on when I am in distress. What a privilege I have to share some with you here. Unless otherwise noted, these prayers come from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church – also known as the BCP. Where there are words in italics, feel free to change the pronouns as appropriate.
A prayer for the sick:
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing those who minster to their needs, that those (or insert name) for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (BCP p. 260)
A prayer for someone who has lost a loved one:
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: Deal graciously with (insert name) in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP p.494)